This is kind of random so not sure how much credence this mention should receive (and Hines most likely doesn’t know more than anyone else?), but, in a new radio interview with WCNN in Atlanta, Hines Ward mentions hearing rumors that LA Laker, Ron Artest, and Miami Heat player, Dwyane Wade, are dancing on Dancing With The Stars this season. He doesn’t mention much except this…
“I don’t know, but I did hear rumors and his name did come up. I also heard Ron Artest too.”
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page at this link, you can hear the audio interview in full where Hines mentions Ron Artest and Dwyane Wade. I just checked Dwyane’s twitter. There is a tweet where he mentions taking dance lessons recently. Apparently, they are for a new movie he’s starring in called ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’.
Every1 follow my new dance teacher he is amazing. “@tycediorio: @DwyaneWade great work today!! Tyce”
It’s that time of year, again – time to take all the wacky rumors and all the wacky casting patterns we see from season to season and hypothesize who we might actually get to see This year is interesting, in that we already definitely know one of the celebs, are fairly certain about two others, and have got definite suspicions about another two – almost takes a bit of fun out of the guessing, no? But I’m sure there will be at least one celeb who’s name we haven’t heard – and at least one we’ve never heard of, too…thankfully, even unpredictability becomes predictable after awhile! But let’s get it on with it, shall we? Oh, and if you’re feeling nostalgic (and want to see how effective using these cast types as a template can be), check out the typecasting of season 10, season 11, and season 12
Advantages: The winningest of the 12 types, their obvious advantage is their athleticism – you won’t see these guys struggling with strength or endurance moves. In addition, the same tireless work ethic that helped them medal in the Olympics will likely carry them through the toils of the competition. They also seem to be adored by the masses, as many are seen as “hero” figures – which translates into a formidable voting fanbase.
Disadvantages: For those specializing in sports that are less “artistic” (i.e. swimming, running, volleyball), it might be a bit hard to really get into the character of the dance and truly perform to the crowd. Previously incurred injuries (or the fear of incurring an injury that might hinder their participation in subsequent competitions in their sport, a la Misty May-Treanor) may also slow them down & limit their mobility. Read more..
Over the weekend, Kym Johnson attended the Wedding Clickers.com ‘s Bridal Show in Pittsburgh. She lit up the event with interviews and even danced with Dancing With The Stars troupe member Tristan MacManus. Gladys Magazine was there to cover the event. They asked Kym on her recent win on Dancing With Stars with Hines Ward. They also asked Kym where she trained for dancing and her favorite kind of dance. They ask on her greatest inspiration which you can read more of below.
Gladys Magazine: Obviously you trained for a while before Dancing With The Stars. Where did you train, and what is your favorite style of dance?
Kym Johnson: “I started in Australia, so I actually started in ballet, jazz, tap, and all of that kind of stuff. I got into ballroom when I was 13, and then I moved to London and did some training there. So, that’s basically where it all began. My favorite style is more of the ballroom ones, like the “fox trot” and I love all of the Fred and Ginger moves.”
GM: Our magazine is inspirational based. Who is your inspiration? Who inspires you?
KJ: “My mom. She comes out to L.A. a lot. She is an incredibly strong and beautiful woman, and she definitely inspires me!”
Below are some videos of Kym and Tristan dancing. They work it well together, don’t they? Hot!
You can read more and see some gorgeous pictures of Kym with Gladys Magazine ….HERE. For some beautiful pics of Kym dancing with Tristan, be sure to see a cool slide show at WPXI.com.
EDIT TO ADD: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Magnolia for this video. You can see the two dancing as well as being interviewed. Tristan mentions dancing this upcoming Season and more. So cute!
Sorry….. Things just get out of hand sometimes, things just happen! I’ve meant to sit here and post more, but I end up having shorter time frames online, and I end up doing other things.
Because I’ve been neglecting the Dance of the Day, I’m going to do a mega post now, so we’ll be video heavy today!!!
First up!! We saw Season 1′s Kelly Monaco, and Season 2′s Drew Lachey’s first week dances, and our poll has DREW as the winner, with a total of 114 votes, VS Kelly’s 26. I wasn’t going to post the results, other than the winners, but decided to for everyone, because I was surprised at HOW CLOSE some were!
Here’s Drew’s week 5 dance.
Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke, Season 2 Week 5 dancing the Samba to “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera. They received a 27. They also performed in the Group Salsa, which I am not including.
Second up!! We saw Season 3′s Emmitt Smith and Season 4′s Apolo Anton Ohno’s first week dances, and our poll has APOLO as the winner, with a total of 105 votes, VS Emmitt’s 56.
Here’s Apolo’s week 5 dance.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, Season 4 Week 5 dancing the Samba to “Move It”. They received a perfect 30.
Third up!! We saw Season 5′s Helio Castroneves and Season 6′s Kristi Yamaguchi’s first week dances, and our poll has KRISTI as the winner, with a total of 88 votes, VS Helio’s 60.
Here’s Kristi’s week 5 dance.
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas, Season 6 Week 5, dancing the rumba. I did not post the song, because that info wasn’t in the video I found for this dance. They received 29.
Fourth up!! We saw Season 7′s Brooke Burke and Season 8′s Shawn Johnson’s first week dances, and our poll has BROOKE as the winner, with a total of 97 votes, VS Shawn’s 90.
Here’s Brooke’s week 5 dance.
Brooke Burke and Derek Hough, Season 7 Week 5, dancing the Jitterbug to “Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis. They received a 29.
Fifth up!! We saw Season 9′s Donny Osmond and Season 10′s Nicole Scherzinger’s first week dances and our poll has NICOLE as the winner, with 138 votes VS Donny’s 49.
Here’s Nicole’s week 5 dance.
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough, Season 10 Week 5, dancing the Tango to “Pretty Woman” by Ray Orbison. They received a 29.
Last up!! We saw Season 11′s Jennifer Grey and Season 12′s Hines Ward’s first week dances, and our poll has HINES as the winner, with 173 votes, VS Jennifer’s 156.
Here’s Hine’s week 5 dance.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, Season 12 Week 5, dancing a rumba to “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. They received a 27.
That’s it! 2 Samba’s, 2 Rumba’s, and a Jitterbug and a Tango. Which Week 5 Dance of Champions did you prefer? Drew’s Samba? Apolo’s Samba? Kristi’s Rumba? Brooke’s Jitterbug? Nicole’s Tango? Hines’ Rumba?
Sound off in the comments…. Which Samba was your favorite, and why? Which rumba was your favorite, and why? Which of the other 2 did you prefer, the jitterbug or the tango, and why? Of these 6 DWTS Champions, who was your favorite? Drew, Apolo, Kristi, Brooke, Nicole, Hines.
John: To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy any of Wendy’s or Kirstie’s dances really. I enjoyed their humor and their one liners. I just wasn’t a fan of their dancing at all. Even Kendra was a disappointment (we should have had an award for that). However, Wendy definitely takes the cake for worst dancer this season. Can you say awkward?
Vogue: Yeah, I picked Wendy too. She was not very good. Plus, her attitude was poor and egotistical. Poor Tony. I really felt sorry for him. Wendy wasn’t as bad as Kate Gosselin, but, at times I had to kind of wonder?
Courtney: The fact that Wendy thought she was hot sh*t, coupled with some very (IMO) kindergarten choreography is what made this dance so bad. She was barely moving, yet with all the bravado she was throwing around both before & after the dance, you would have thought she danced like Nicole Scherzinger. The hair, the makeup, the dress, the choreo, the attitude – blech. No wonder Wendy ran away with more than half the vote! Mike & Lacey’s foxtrot – ok, pretty bad, but it had a bit of a trainwreck appeal to it…and Mike was pretty damn lovable. Kirstie & Maks’ jive wasn’t the strongest technically, but it did have a pretty strong entertainment quality. I’m honestly surprised Kendra & Louis’ Viennese waltz didn’t get more votes – that was the dance that Kendra managed to somehow contort into some bizarre Mafia tribute, and she looked like a lost puppy the whole time. Oh – and it’s also the week she said she didn’t care about elegance I can’t really fault Ralph & Karina for their samba being tacky – what the hell are you supposed to do when you get “Sweet Home Alabama” as your music? But of course, the judges raked them across the coals for it – just like they did everything else this season. *sigh* I actually kinda liked Chelsea & Mark’s jive, but I agree that it was maybe a bit too “out there” to please the judges, and wasn’t proper jive technique; Romeo & Chelsie’s rumba was just a non-event. Perhaps the most interesting response in the write-in category: Chelsea & Mark’s freestyle. It’s interesting because the freestyles are almost universally popular with fans - but I have to agree that this one was a dud, and will probably go down in DWTS history as one of the worst…it just felt like such a cop-out to me. Just some routine that was thrown together, without any sort of connection to Chelsea. Some other responses: Ralph & Karina’s salsa (ok, not their best, but I don’t think it was worse than a lot of the dances above!), “Hinds” freestyle (I’m gonna assume you mean “Hines” :-)), Wendy & Tony’s quickstep (I actually thought this one was the most tolerable of their 3 bad dances…), and “anything by Chelsea (OVERRATED)” lol. While I think Chelsea was blatantly overscored more often than not, I did enjoy a few of her dances – namely her foxtrot & jive. Overall, I think the right dance won this category – it was the combination of bad costuming, bad choreo, bad execution, and bad attitude that made this one a champion. But are there REALLY any winners in this category?
Marianya: Do we REALLY have to pick? I mean, I would have thought it be pretty obvious. Wendy! Since the other bloggers have already said everything that needed to be said in regards to this celeb… all I’m going to say to TPTB is this: please be nicer next time, someone like her is an easy way to turn off the TV.
Heidi: Wendy…worst dancer, biggest diva. And that’s just cray-cray. I quickly got to the point where I never wanted to see her face or hear her voice EVER again. That bit on the finale – I almost had turn the channel. I would have, if it weren’t for the cheesecake awards. All for you people.
John: Impossible to decide between Kym, the blonde bombshell with the awesome accent, or the super model with the amazing accent. Does it really matter what they wear or who their partner is? Correct Answer: No.
Vogue: This was a toss up between Hines and Kim or Petra and Dimitry. Both couples always took my breath away. In the end, Kym and Hines got my vote. Not only does Kym have a knack for dancing and teaching, she knows just the right costumes to pull out and when for the most part. They aren’t too gawdy or in your face. They are never ugly or tasteless. They always match the dance which is really important in my opinion. Totally classy all the way.
Courtney: I’d like to say a little prayer of thanks & praise to Our Lady of the Awesome Boobage, because she easily ran away with this title, IMO Seriously – Kym’s hair, makeup, and costumes were picture-perfect this season, and I think she did a great job of styling Hines well, too. My favorites had to be her quickstep dress (quite possibly my favorite ballgown in the history of the show) and Argentine tango dress (who would have thought thousands of pearls could make a bigger statement than the cliched rhinestones?). I think Kym’s biggest strength in styling both her & her partners is that she knows when to keep it simple – most of her popular costumes are very uncomplicated silhouttes, in flattering colors and textures that compliment the moves of the dances. Wish some more of the female pros would take a page out of her book…you listening, Lacey & Karina? Petra was a vision in all of her costumes this season – but how couldn’t she be, when she’s such a vision on her own? And a sweetheart to boot…I have to admit, I really liked she & Dmitry together this season, despite thinking I would find them boring. While I don’t think all of Kirstie’s costumes were terribly flattering (still trying to figure out her jive & waltz costumes…), I do think they were memorable and fit the dances well. Thought some of Romeo & Chelsie’s costumes were just lovely – god I loved both their Fred & Ginger-inspired foxtrot costumes, and their Titanic-inspired waltz costumes! Rounding out the write-in category: Ralph & Karina (12), Chelsea & Mark (7), Chris & Cheryl (1), and “No one” (1). Ralph & Karina were kinda hit-or-miss for me – loved their foxtrot costumes, hated their salsa costumes, loved their rumba & waltz costumes, hated their paso doble & quickstep costumes. Karina’s kinda all over the place for me, costume-wise. Looks like Chelsea & Mark are a polarizing couple – people seemed to either really love or hate both their dancing & their costumes! She had a few good ones (foxtrot, cha-cha), but I’m afraid she was overshadowed by the ridiculous ones (paso doble, samba, freestyle). As for Chris & Cheryl – I didn’t really LOVE any of their costumes this season, but I didn’t really hate them, either. They were just…there.
Marianya: Instead of saying “best dressed” I’ll instead say who I think didn’t annoy me with their costumes. In this case it would have to be Petra and Dmitry. However, if we’re measuring the entire course of the show, then of course Hines and Kym.
Heidi: In re-watching the various seasons, I’m continually in awe of the hot blond with the awesome boobage – and I ain’t talkin’ Derek. What I can’t figure is why Kym is so under the radar – I guess she’s second only to Derek in the lack of self promotion. It’s like she goes into hiding between seasons…but this girl is just gorgeous!! Inside and out. It’s safe to say I have a straight gurl crush. Seriously – two trophies, great record with her partners, gorgeous…and the best dance-face around. Best example is her Team Paso with Warren – fierce. Speaking of Paso Doble’s with Warren – that pleather ensemble and the Matrix tribute dance?? Awesome. This season, I have to go with the quickstep dress -fantastic. She’s my new favorite girl, easily.
John: I think I’m with the other 49 people that voted for other on this one. I just have a really hard time choosing a favorite dance. Too hard for me to compare a Cha Cha to a Quickstep to a Waltz to a Rumba. They’re all so different. I just love dance.
Courtney: It’s really interesting to me that what you guys voted as the best dance this season wasn’t one with particularly stunning choreography or flawless execution – granted, Kirstie was great in it, but I think the appeal was more in the entertainment value than anything else. Compared to very technically impressive dances like Derek & Jennifer’s Argentine tango or Kyle & Lacey’s jive, Kirstie’s just sticks out as a fun, carefree, easygoing little ditty – which is totally fine with me Kind of a nice change of pace. Obviously it was well-received, since Kirstie & Maks have performed it at least a dozen times both on DWTS and on other shows! Haha. I think Hines’ samba was probably stronger technically, but didn’t have quite as much sass as Kirstie’s cha-cha; I think Ralph’s quickstep & Romeo’s waltz were likely the strongest of the smooth dances, but still can’t trump the memorability of Kirstie’s dance. Chelsea & Mark’s rumba – meh, it was dramatic, but I didn’t see anything that was insanely well-executed, and I think they were overscored; Kendra & Louis’ samba was just pure fun – little to no technique, but a lot of jiggle Onto the other category – again, many of you answered with one name, like “Kendra”, “Chelsea”, or “Hines”, which tells me NOTHING about which dance was best, so your votes get thrown out; looks like Hines & Kym’s Argentine tango (3), Ralph & Karina’s foxtrot (2), Chelsea & Mark’s Viennese waltz (2), Ralph & Karina’s waltz (1), Chelsea & Mark’s slow waltz (1), Kirstie & Maks’ Argentine tango (1), Romeo & Chelsie’s paso doble (1), and Hines & Kym’s paso doble (1). I agree that some of these are good, but compared to other dances, they seemed to get lost in the shuffle a bit. Someone else just voted “MEEEEEE!!!!”, so I’m assuming either Mark or Lacey found their way here and are trying to pad their vote percentages ;-); and for whoever voted “there were no really good dances” – I agree with you to some degree. The caliber of dancing this season was just not up to par with what we’ve seen in seasons past. There’s something to be said for having ringers, kids…
Marianya: Can I plead the fifth? I’m afraid I can’t answer this one truthfully. I mean I understand why Kirstie & Maks’ first ChaCha is voted towards the top, but it wasn’t the best dance, it’s definitely one of the more memorable ones. Courtney does a great job explaining it. But the best? I don’t think there really was one, I mean I liked Chelsea & Mark Viennese Waltz to Harry Potter’s Hedwig Theme, but I’m a Harry Potter fan so meh. Yeah… memorable I could choose, but I don’t think there is anything that I could define as “the best”.
Vogue: Kirstie and Mak’s Cha Cha!! I don’t think I’ll ever forget that first night she danced and how she lit us all up. As much as many of us liked her, we weren’t expecting her to come out and dance the way she did. She was light on her feet. She was cheeky, flirtatious, and fun. Maks was clearly having a blast and we saw a change in him right from the get go. We knew we were in for something really special all Season with this dance and they didn’t fail us. It made the perfect statement in more ways than one. I loved almost all of Karina and Ralph’s dances as well. Romeo and Petra grew on me. As much as I could appreciate the creativity in Mark’s choreography, I was equally or more annoyed with his antics and ego.
Heidi: My initial response was “Meh”. Just “meh”. I think this past season overall was not one that had any dancing that made me sit up and go “Wow, that was awesome” – but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it because I did. I enjoyed watching Hines, Kirstie, Ralph, Romeo – even Kendra provided limited entertainment value. And Petra always made me go “Oh, she’s so pretty and nice.” But I don’t think the dancing was up to par of, say, Season 10, where we had Nicole, Evan and Erin – the last two would have won this season handily, absent Nicole. There certainly is something to be said for ringers – better to have 3 like Season 10 than none at all.
John: After seeing Master P, I wasn’t sure that Romeo would ever turn the corner and let himself go. I think he definitely deserves this award in my book.
Heidi: I also have to give it to Romeo, easily. Kirstie was more of an inverted bell curve – started out good, faltered a good bit, and then got better
Marianya: Romeo… I really grew to like him over the course of the season, I could have gotten used to him being around a bit longer…
Vogue: Yep, Romeo for me too! During the pre-show period and in the beginning, he seemed a little full of himself and I was beginning to get really annoyed when he didn’t want to wear the dance shoes or seemed too cool to get into it all. I didn’t think he’d last long even though you could feel and see a tiny spark there. Then suddenly, he started surprising us all. I loved how he bloomed in so many ways. It was pure joy and even magical watching him when he put the coolness aside and became a class act…..now that was COOL!
Courtney: No disagreement here! I loved watching Romeo really grow throughout the season. I think the turning point was his foxtrot – that was the first time he seemed to really enjoy himself and took the quality of his dancing to a whole new level. By the time he was eliminated, I daresay he was giving Chelsea, Kirstie, Hines & Ralph all a decent run for their money, technique-wise. He also seemed to really grow as a person – he started off the cool cat that thought wearing dance shoes was lame; as the weeks went by, he shed the bravado and the facade and showed a vulnerability I don’t think anyone could’ve expected from him when the season started – except for my mom, who loved him from day 1…she’s got good intuition ;-). Definitely a bright spot of this season for me! As for Kirstie – I kinda agree with Heidi that it wasn’t so much that she improved, but she started off good, kinda fell into a slump, and then recovered and was good again at the end. Chris would probably be my 2nd place on this one – he started off pretty darn bad, then slowly improved before getting dealt a crappy hand (or rather, song & dance) the week he was eliminated. Kendra improved a little bit the last 2 weeks or so that she was in the competition, but I don’t think it was a vast improvement; Petra stayed about the same for me the short time she was around. Write-in responses: Ralph (6), Hines (5), Chelsea (3). I don’t think Hines improved at all – he started off good and remained consistent the entire season. Kinda the same deal with Chelsea – I think she was a good dancer the whole season through, but the ups & downs she had with the judges due to bad choreography choices on Mark’s part probably gave the false impression that she was improving. Big difference between getting good scores w/the judges (which are often skewed to fit their biases) and actually improving As for Ralph – I feel like it’s a bit of the same phenomenon: Ralph really started off good and ended pretty good with the smooth dances, and consistently did bad at the Latin dances…but the way the judges were all over the place with the scores, it often made it seem like he was doing far better (or worse) than he really was.
This is a hard one to report on, Folks! According to Yahoo News, in the early morning hours today Dancing With The Stars Season 12 champion, Hines Ward, was arrested for a DUI in Georgia. Let’s hope for whatever is going on with Hines personally and if he has a drinking problem, he can can get some help and conquer it. He’s still and will always be a Dancing With The Stars Champ to me and I know a lot of you….and I think he is still a gem of a person. Here is a take from the link. For the rest of the article, you can go to the link.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday in Georgia on a drunken driving charge, sheriff’s officials said.
The former Super Bowl MVP and reigning “Dancing With the Stars” champ was booked into the DeKalb County jail just outside Atlanta at 3:41 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence. He was released on $1,300 bond.
The sheriff’s office said it had turned over paperwork to the courts and couldn’t release any further information about the player’s arrest.
A Steelers spokesman did not immediately respond to a message, and it was not immediately clear if Ward had an attorney.
We did it! We completed our quest to review our 12 DWTS Champions, so for now, we’re moving on to other things, and we will revisit our Champions shortly. Meanwhile, you can check back on past Dance of the Day posts, and watch the 12 during their Week 1 nerves and jitters.
I picked the Rumba first. I went through the responses I got from my Plea For Help, and emails that I’ve gotten (Emailing off this page won’t go directly to me, but it will get to me eventually, don’t worry!) and am picking 3 at random… And there are PLENTY more, for more posts in the future. So if you don’t see your favorite now, DON’T WORRY! Keep coming back, and eventually, we (hopefully) will see it!
First up is……………….
OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER, LOUIE VITO AND HIS PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, CHELSIE HIGHTOWER!
From Season 9, Week 3, here’s Louie and Chelsie’s Rumba to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. It received an 8, 5, 7 for a total of 20 points.
Second up is…..
ACTOR AND EVENTUAL EXTRA TV NEWSMAN, MARIO LOPEZ AND HIS PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, KARINA SMIRNOFF!
From Season 3, Week 5, here’s Mario and Karina’s Rumba to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble. I know there’s an accent on the e, but I am not sure how to make them on my computer. It received a 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 points.
Third up is……
SINGER AND PUSSYCAT DOLL NICOLE SCHERZINGER AND HER PROFESSIONAL PARTNER, DEREK HOUGH!
From Season 10 Week 4, here’s Nicole and Derek’s Rumba to “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” They also did a rumba in week 10, which was their Redemption Dance, instead of watching that one now, I chose to save it for another time. Each dance on this week of competition during Season 10 got 2 sets of scores. For Technical, it got 9, 8, 8 for 25 points. For Performance, it got 8, 8, 9 for a total of 25. The score for the night was 50 out of 60 points.
So…. Sound off in the comments. Which of these 3 rumbas was your favorite?